Say it! Sing it! Play it!
December 7: 11 am and 2 pm, 2019
December 8: 2 pm, 2019
At the studio of Z Puppets Rosenschnoz
4054 Chicago Avenue S. Minneapolis, MN 55407
Pay-What-You-Will Admission $5-$15 suggested
FREE ADMISSION for Tribal Members
Through fun storytelling and catchy songs, performer Chris Griffith leads children and their adults into an adventure of keeping alive an endangered language. Sing along and you, too, will learn how to count to three, make the basic sounds, say hello and thank you in Cherokee! Recommended for ages 3 and up.
Chris Griffith is the co-Creative Director of Z Puppets Rosenschnoz, an award winning performing and teaching artist and enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation.
Although his family roots are in Oklahoma, Chris has lived outside Cherokee Nation most of his life.
Recently, the Cherokee Nation declared a state of emergency for their language. With Say It! Sing It! Play It! In Cherokee, Chris taps into the power of playfulness to raise awareness of and revive interest in this and other indigenous languages facing extinction.
Chris developed this performance with support from an Artist Initiative Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board.
Chris Griffith is a fiscal year 2019 recipient of an Arts Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.
Questions? Call Z Puppets’ Creative Director Shari Aronson at (612) 724-1435 x2 or email Shari.
Say it! Sing it! Play it!
About the artists
Since 1998, writer and performer Chris Griffith has been leading people to the power of playfulness as Co-Creative Director and Founder of Z Puppets Rosenschnoz (with Shari Aronson). Their combination of hand-crafted puppetry, quirky humor and live music has won support from the Jim Henson Foundation, Puppeteers of America, MN State Arts Board, Ordway Center and Jerome & McKnight Foundations.
Chris Griffith was also co-founder and artistic director of Galumph Interactive Theatre (nationally recognized pioneers in participatory theater) and served as Education Coordinator for In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theater. As a comic juggler, he has performed for the MN Children’s Museum, MN Fringe Festival and Edmonton International Street Performer’s Festival. A 2009 winner of an Ivey Award for puppet design, his work has received support from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Director Julie Boada is an Anishinabe artist, storyteller, puppeteer and arts educator. Julie has worked regionally and nationally with In the Heart of the Beast Puppet & Mask Theatre, the L.A. Music Center, MN History Center and Little Coyote Theater (which she co-founded with Gustavo Boada). A 2014 Ivey Award recipient, Julie has received support from the MN State Arts Board and the Jerome Foundation. Julie has a B.A. in Studio Arts and American Indian Studies from the University of Minnesota.